Zhanna Vladimirovna Kopylova was born on July 8, 1974, in Moscow. Her natural beauty and outgoing personality made her an obvious candidate for the field of entertainment. In 1996, she found an ideal outlet for her interests. Zhanna Kopylova became Zhanna Friske and she joined Bletsyaschie, an all-girl music group based in Moscow.
Bletsyaschie enjoyed early success with the release of their 1996 album Tam, Tolko Tam and would continue to hit the charts through six more albums. As a member of the group, Zhanna Friske got much of the attention thanks to her high sex appeal with hip dance moves. She also took an active role in the marketing and publicity of the group. It was obvious to most Russian entertainment observers that Zhanna Friske’s fame was outshining the rest of the group. Therefore, it came as no surprise when she left Bletsyaschie in 2003 to pursue a solo career.
While she was preparing a solo album, Zhanna Friske got an opportunity to star as Alice in the 2004 thriller Night Watch. An ambitious tale of daytime forces locked in an eternal battle against enemies of the night, Night Watch became the biggest box-office hit in Russian history, and its international following introduced audiences to Zhanna Friske. She performed on the soundtrack and, in a nod to her music, her witch character, Alisa Donnikova, was also a singer.
In 2005, Zhanna Friske released her debut solo album, Zhanna, to much fanfare. Recorded for the same producers who helped her during the Bletsyaschie days, Zhanna’s solo release was a top-seller across Russian-language areas with the single “Ya byla” serving as the album’s biggest chart-topper. Zhanna Friske added to her fame by doing a series of steamy magazine layouts, first with FHM Russia in February 2005, and then for Maxim Russia in January 2006.
In 2006, Zhanna Friske appeared on the popular Russian reality television show, Fabrika zvezd, a take-off on Star Academy. Zhanna Friske appeared on two episodes and managed to make it to the finals each time. Next she filmed Day Watch, the highly anticipated sequel to Night Watch. Just like the first film, it was a mammoth success and Zhanna Friske revelled at the chance to do her own stunts, including one where she drove a speeding Honda through a hotel. Even though one of Zhanna Friske’s steamy 20-minute scenes was cut from the film, she still won an award for Best Actress at the MTV Russia Movie Awards.
Zhanna Friske is continuing to build on her successful career in show business. On the film side, she plans to star in Final Watch, the last chapter of the Night Watch trilogy. Over on the musical side, Zhanna Friske’s sister, Janna, joined Bletsyaschie as one of its newest members, which led to a full-blown reunion concert.